Eating Clean: The Best Places to Buy Fresh, Organic Produce on the North Shore

(March 07, 2014 )

More and more people are paying attention to health and nutrition. Health awareness has resulted in a new 'buy local' movement that, in the past few years, has taken Vancouver by storm. Fresh, locally sourced organic produce is in high demand, and for good reason. The food you eat is a major contributor to your overall health - and if you don't have your health, what do you have? The North Shore offers several great places where you can buy healthy organic produce. Here's a sampling of the best fresh produce markets around.

A Quirky Place: Sprout Organic Market

For a great selection of organic greens, as well as many lactose-free cheeses and organic fruit hybrids you've never seen before, stop in at Sprout Organic Market. Located at 700 East 7th Street in North Vancouver, Sprout Market is open daily and is a great place to find fresh organic produce. This market also offers many healthy alternatives to packaged goods, as well as gluten-free foods like corn pasta. This quirky market is considered a favourite among health-conscious locals, and is something every Vancouverite should try.

Central Quality at Queensdale Market

Located at 3030 Lonsdale Avenue, Queensdale Market offers organic produce, as well as quality free range and organic meats, baked goods, and other groceries. The days of making multiple grocery stops in order to get your certified organic produce are over! Make one stop and get everything you need from Queensdale Market, which is another local favourite and an independent grocer, offering the widest variety and selection.

A Place to Sustain: Nourish Market

Nominated in the 2012 North Shore News Reader's Choice Awards as the favourite grocery store in the area, you can be sure to find only the best at Nourish Market. Open daily and located in Lynn Valley at #143-1233 Lynn Valley Road, this market has outstanding customer reviews. Yelp users praise the wide selection of specialty foods for people who have wheat or gluten allergies or celiac disease.

Offering organic produce and specialty items that are hard to find elsewhere, Nourish Market keeps all of their shelves stocked with the most modern items in the health world. Another benefit of shopping at this market? Nourish is a huge supporter of local companies and allows their customers the true benefit of eating healthy, local foods from family-run businesses. With their monthly specials that are updated on their website, Nourish Market offers an affordable alternative to otherwise pricey health food products.

Though it may be more expensive than going to the general supermarket for your groceries, eating healthy and organic foods is one expense that can be justified. Vancouver loves to eat healthy, and these great organic markets will provide you with high-quality produce that is fresher and healthier than anything else around. Spending the extra time and money will certainly offer a higher quality of life, and will make it only clearer why organic and local food markets have become such a hit.

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